Cleats by Bill Hinds for April 17, 2021
Bailey: I think I should quit soccer. I stink at it. Soccer dad: Nonsense, Bailey. Let me tell you a story about a boy in Brazil who was so clumsy he couldn't get out of bed in the morning without tripping. But he loved soccer. Teammates mocked him and said he should quit, but his coch told him if he had the heart for it, he should keep trying. He did - practicing harder than anyone, and he became the best player on the team. Eventually he was the best player in the world. You may have heard of him. His name was Pele. Bailey: Cool. Soccer dad: Bailey, do you have the heart for it? Bailey: I think I do, coach! Coach Nordling: Inspiring story, coach. D'you make it up? Dad: Yup. Every word.